10 Apps for Nursing Professionals

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Nursing has long been considered one of the most trusted professions in the country. Nurses have an important and difficult task of providing patient care which is specific to each medical situation—all while maintaining a dedication to having a patient-friendly bedside manner. With the advent of technology, there are more and more apps being developed each day. Nursing apps can help nursing professionals improve daily proficiency and assist in enriching the patient experience. This article will address 10 apps for nursing professionals.

1. offers an app that is perfect for nurses as well as nursing students so that they can keep track of all the latest nursing news. Additionally, they can socialize with friends and network with other nurses and medical colleagues. Members can give and receive support to others in the network. This app is compatible with both Android and Apple devices. The network has over 790,000 members.

2. Code Happy offers the Code Happy App which is a nursing support system. This social network provides the opportunity for nurses and students to interact online and get support from each other. This free app is available on Google Play as well as on all iPhone and iPad devices. The goal is to build your circle of trust and offer peer-to-peer support.

3. Tabler’s Medical Dictionary offers a mobile version of the comprehensive medical dictionary. This text is one of the best medical dictionaries currently on the market. The app includes videos, photos, audio pronunciations and enables users to save favorite entries. Nurses have access to over 65,000 medical terms and definitions. There is a $40 fee for a 1 year subscription. The app is available on Android, iOS and Blackberry devices and it is compatible with many mobile browsers.

4. Web MD has created an app version of their website where users can have full access to the resources on the website. The mobile app provides users with easy access to the website’s slide shows and articles. Additionally, the app gives local health forecasts which provide information on the severity of pollen as well as the harshness of UV rays. The app is free and is available on iOS and Android devices.

5. Medscape publishes content on this app in conjunction with It is a free app that is available on both iOS and Android devices. Users can access continuing education, medical news, a clinical reference library as well as a medical directory. Medical news is also offered on the app for users to stay up to date on current events in the field.

6. Epocrates offers the # 1 medical app for US physicians and nursing professionals. Users can access the app to find reliable, accurate and viable advice and clinical tools to be utilized during their workday. Users of the app receive accurate advice which has been compiled through comprehensive team research and collaboration with leading healthcare professionals nationwide. Information on drug interactions, prescription drugs, as well as a directory of providers is offered for review. The basic app is free and available on iOS and Android devices. There is an upgrade fee for access to the disease and diagnostic subscription.


This app is available in varying formats for different professions; such as physicians, nurses, EMT’s and students. Users can access concise information regarding all aspects of patient care. The guide is accurate and credible and offers a comprehensive guide to drug and clinical resources. Android and iOS users can download this app to their devices for a 1 year subscription rate of $195.

8. Nursing Essentials has created a comprehensive nursing reference guide in the form of an app. The specific content is derived from the RN Pocket Guide published through Informed Publishing. The digital guidebook offers users information on the following subjects: assessing, CPR, cardiac, respiratory, neurological, pediatrics and many more topics. This app is available on Android, iPhone, iPad and Nook devices and the price is $5 – 10 depending on the device.

9. NCSBN Flashcard has created an app for medication flashcards. Basically, the user simply downloads a medication library to their mobile device. The app is ideal for nursing students or nursing professionals who need a quick medical information refresher.

10. AACN Bedside

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses has created an app that offers a topical reference guide. The app is available on iOS and Android devices and is free with in-app purchases. The AACN’s laminated pocket cards have been so popular that the association decided to get digital and add the content to an app for nursing professionals. Some of the topics included are: medication calculations, cardiac medications and lab values. The app and information presented is user-friendly.

If you are a nursing professional and have used any of these apps, we’d love to hear about your experiences with them. Additionally, if there are any nursing apps you use that have not made this list, please feel free to share them with us in the comments section.




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